The point was he scratch built an airplane to fly. It was light, it had much more dihedral, reinforement in key areas, and a good airfoil. His wing loading was marginal on an aircraft much larger. Having a similar wing loading on a smaller aircraft will make it much more difficult to control. I would also advice you agianst landing gear, though I'm not sure how to propperly brace the engine naceles for impact.
RE: the wing- AOA is the angle of the wing to the relative wind (direction of flight), which varies with speed. What I beleive you are referring to is the angle of incidence (the angle of the wing to the body). When I talk about the shape of the airfoil,I'm referring to the SHAPE of the x-section of the wing. airbus aircraft usualy have a fairly thin airfoil, which has been optimized for effienct cruising around .8 mach. These things do not scale. The most effective airfoil for you application will likey be much thicker (to get more lift from the available area).
While his airplane flew, and he said he wasn't very expereinced, you have to understand a few things. Hes writing an article for poeple who know much more thna he does, so he is most likely being somewhat humble. I'm almost sure hes has done previous scatchbuilt projects. I know you said you have flown an R/C aircraft, but from this conversation, I do not believe you would have been able to handle his model (a big interpolation, I know), and you have essentialy zero experience with aircraft design.
But the bottom line is that what you are proposing is a brick with wing-like protrusions. And in my experience, those don't usually fly. There is no way you'll be able to get you model to a weight where those wings will provide adequete lift at a sane speed.
Now with that said, you learn from experience, and a few failed projects will eventauly lead to success (if you have the time, money and interest). I just don't think a project that is so inevitably doomed is really the best way to start. While its uglier, you will have much better luck starting out with a big foam glider you might find at a toy or drug store (I've seen these convereted to prop and fan r/c aircraft). It will also be much better at remaining in one piece while you are learning to fly it.
[Edited 2004-07-23 23:34:22]
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